• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.

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  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.

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Lorie  Dwinell
MSW

More than 48 years of experience in the field of addiction and recovery. Co-Author of the revised edition (August 2010) of After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma. As a former addiction specialist at both the University of Washington School of Social Work and Seattle University’s Alcohol Studies Program, she trained many of today’s esteemed leaders in the addictive disorders field. A therapist in full time private practice in Seattle from 1977 until 2014 and now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she specializes in all aspects of addictive disorders, grief, depression, stressful life events, and transitions. Senior Clinical Advisor for Vista Taos Renewal Center, Taos, NM.

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